Vertagear SL5000 Review
We have seen many brands in the gaming chair business. We are happy to have done our first gaming chair review. I believe this is a high quality gaming chair. Worth it since the durability should be long!
A gamer’s delight, the SL-5000 will hit the sweet spot for extreme gamers. Racing inspired design, the SL-5000 empowers the gamers’ everyday gaming with the right features. Instantly-recognizable style lets the world know how serious you are about gaming.
Designed to give wide range of adjust ability that gives gamers the best comfort and support in every gaming position for extended period of time. High backrest is designed to provide neck, shoulder and lumbar support.
Please check https://www.vertagear.nl/products/sl5000#features for all features
Colors Carbon Black
Max Load 150 kg / 330 lbs
Materials Steel (frame), High Density Foam, PVC Leather, Aluminum Alloy (base)
Package Dimension 86 x 71 x 41 cm / 34 x 28 x 16 in
Overall Height Incl Base 1305-1405 mm / 51.25-55.25 in
Width Backrest Shoulder 510 mm / 20 in
Width Backrest Lumbar 535 mm / 21 in
Width Seat 560 mm / 22 in
Depth Seat 480 mm / 19 in
Net Weight 27.5 kg / 60.5 lbs
Gross Weight 34 kg / 75 lbs
- High density foam (back and head rest)
- Metal frame (most of them use plastic)
- Adjustable arm rests
- Comfortable seat!
- Smooth wheel operation
- Back seat is adjustable like a car seat
- On the sides there is a gap so an easy place to get dirty (like bread crumbs and stuff)
Thanks to Vertagear I was able to review the Vertagear SL5000 racing series “gaming” chair. Gaming chairs have had a huge market share since the last 2/3 years in Europe, and I believe is still in a growing phase. So many different brands and models are in the market now and since I didn’t know the brand Vertagear, I was happy to give them a review. So let’s see what we have here.
What is inside the big box?
A huge box arrived at my door and man….. I was excited :). The big box included (of course) the backseat, the seat, toolbox with manual, head rest and a back rest. I want to invite you to view my YouTube video which is about unboxing and installing the Vertagear SL5000. This video shows you the contents.
The installation (as you might have seen in the video) is really easy. I am calling it a “one man installation”. Maybe it is an odd name but really it has been done by myself. You can do this installation in minutes and I think I would be able to do this within 6 or 8 minutes. It is not a competition of course 🙂 But it gives you an example of the fact how smart they engineered it and even packed it in a smart way.
Less to construct meaning less time to construct by yourself. I found it very pleased the way Vertagear made this so easy for me and for you! Oh yeah…. and they also provide you with a toolbox which saves you time searching for the right tools.
Now as I said before there are many brands on the market selling gaming/racing chairs. Besides this I wanted to have some comparison and since I have a “no name/whitelabelled” gaming chair I thought well lets grab this one and have a nice comparison. At first I thought maybe this is not fair because of the price and quality difference. But hey….. why not? I mean it gives you a good look when buying a cheap (around € 125,-) gaming chair against a better one against (of course) a higher price. Below my old chair:
As I can tell you there are already things falling apart after 2 years. You might think ok, it’s a cheap one so expect falling apart. Well, yes….. but…. come on € 125 is a lot of money for a gamer, so my expectations are maybe high but I would say at least 4 or 5 years using a chair should be just fine. So ok let`s move on….
One major thing…. when sitting on this chair it seems the foam (where you sit on) is so light that it basically hurts :). I can feel the frame and it is not really comfort. Ok I have been used to it now but it is not pleasant enough. So big minus there. Also the arm rests are made of simple foam and actually it is not really a rest anymore.
The Vertagear SL5000
So, finally the good and bad things about the Vertagear SL5000. First of all I was really surprised about the quality of all parts. When I opened the box and touched every item it felt like serious materials have been used. Also I thought how is it even possible to install this chair just by myself. I did not really believe it but trust me they made it so simple to install this chair.
So after installation (which took me approx. 6 to 8 minutes) the big testing period was waiting for me……. Let me sum up some good stuff about the Vertagear SL5000.
1) very nice head & back rest with high quality foam (REALLY GOOD STUFF)
2) You can move the back seat like in a car. I can even imagine sleeping at a gaming event. It is really impressive.
3) The arm rests have a soft pad on top which is just fine. Not hard and not soft just in the middle
4) The arm rests can even be configured like up/down, right/left and forward/backwards
5) Meta frame (I would say BIG plus)
6) Soft wheels. Compared with my old chair this is just like a dream come trough
Basically these are the most important things for me. Now you are thinking like, OK what are the bad things about it…..
Well, after a couple of days I was thinking about this subject but I could not find or even think about minor issues here. It just fit in a perfect picture. And I have seen many other brands in stores and so on I can not really compare besides my old no name chair but I believe if you are looking for a really good quality chair you pay some more but in return you get what the money is worth it.
The material used is PVC leather and all other component are made from metal or good quality plastic (like the arm rest casing).
Vertagear offers you to customize your colors. They made it possible for gamers to change their wheels (also called casters”). They offer different colors. I find it interesting to see that, even if your wheel(s) are broken, it is possible to buy spare parts. I believe this is important to your customers. Making sure your customer can always buy parts is better to buy a new chair :). The quality of the wheels feels like high quality but I believe they are made from hardened plastic. Below a picture of the casters in green.
So let see what we have here…. The Vertagear SL5000 is a serious gaming chair which offers you a reliable and comfortable product. I have been testing this chair about 2 weeks now. Even though I had already problems with my old chair within 2 weeks then the Vertagear one is way better already :). Of course…. if we take the price in consideration the Vertagear is more expensive then my old chair. The question is, do you want to pay that extra? The current price is around € 329,- which is a really good price for what you get. And believe me it is.
Let me sum up the good things again:
– High density foam (back and head rest)
– Metal frame (most of them use plastic)
– Adjustable arm rests
– Comfortable seat!
– Smooth wheel operation
– Back seat is adjustable like a car seat
You can find the SL5000 from Vertagear also on Amazon.de: